The best books for parents with a sense of humor

Who am I?

When I first became a mother, life as I knew it disappeared. I REALLY struggled with new motherhood, and funny, relatable books about parenthood showed me I wasn’t alone. Early motherhood inspired me to write the Bad Mother’s Diary – mainly because I wanted to cheer myself up and turn difficulty into comedy. I loved writing the Bad Mother’s series and am so honoured by all the emails and Facebook comments I receive begging for more books. Thank you readers!


I wrote...

The Bad Mother's Diary

By Suzy K. Quinn,

Book cover of The Bad Mother's Diary

What is my book about?

Juliette wants a happy family. But Daisy’s dad just walked out. Can she find love with a baby in tow?

By the time I got knocked up, I thought I’d be married and living happily ever after. But Daisy is already three months old and Nick has only just proposed. And I’m not all that sure I should have said yes. Nick isn’t behaving like a responsible husband to be. Instead, he’s bar-hopping while I stay home with the baby. With a wedding fast approaching, I have to decide whether to stay with the father of my child or try a new relationship with my childhood sweetheart. But how can consider seeing handsome, successful Alex Dalton, when my bathroom is full of suppositories and stretch mark cream?

The books I picked & why

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The Unmumsy Mum: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood

By Sarah Turner,

Book cover of The Unmumsy Mum: The Hilarious Highs and Emotional Lows of Motherhood

Why this book?

The Unmumsy Mum is a fresh, funny, and incredibly brave account of one woman’s struggles through motherhood. Best of all, it is HILARIOUS! I laughed out loud SO many times. It’s a great book to keep you company through new motherhood and beyond. This is the funniest book I have read in years. It’s also refreshingly honest! Anyone who’s been through the turmoil of a new baby will relate to Sarah’s highs and lows. When I read this book, I felt like Sarah was a new best friend and a really funny one. Thank you Sarah for being brave enough to bare it all and making us laugh along the way.


Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents

By Katie Kirby,

Book cover of Hurrah for Gin: A Book for Perfectly Imperfect Parents

Why this book?

So funny! Diary of a Wimpy Kid for adults. Just love these fun little cartoons, easy reading, you don’t need your brain at all, just relax and enjoy.


The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

By Sue Townsend,

Book cover of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4

Why this book?

This book is very famous in the UK. Perhaps not so famous worldwide, but if you haven’t read it, you should! It’s a hilarious account of a very imperfect family. Set during the 1980s, it’s a very interesting history lesson too.


I Don't Know How She Does It: A Comedy about Failure, a Tragedy about Success

By Allison Pearson,

Book cover of I Don't Know How She Does It: A Comedy about Failure, a Tragedy about Success

Why this book?

I definitely preferred the book to the movie. Lots more character and lots more humour. This book kept me company during the dark hours of midnight breastfeeding and became my literary best friend during that time.


The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy

By Fiona Neill,

Book cover of The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy

Why this book?

Fun comedy for parents of older children, focusing on chaotic family life around school, drop offs, pick ups and parents who think they’re superior to others. Lots of fun.



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